A wide field of candidates has turned in paperwork to run for the Oro Valley Town Council and for mayor.

In the final tally, seven hopefuls for council and three for mayor have stepped forward.

The council will have three seats up for grabs in March, with the terms of Paula Abbott, K.C. Carter and Al Kunisch all expiring. Abbott, who resigned her position in November, won't be running for re-election. Kunisch also has decided not to seek his council seat. That leaves Carter the lone council veteran seeking another term.

Don Emmons, Mark Finchem, Joe Hornat, Matthew Rabb, Mary Snider and Lou Waters also have completed paperwork to run for council.

Mayor Paul Loomis also is up for re-election. He seeks a fourth term as mayor. He faces two challengers, Satish Hiremath and Michael Zinkin.

The primary election is scheduled for March 9. The general election is planned for May 18.

Early voting in the primary election begins Feb. 4, with the voter registration deadline set for Feb. 8.

Early voting in the general election begins April 15. The voter registration deadline is April 19.

New council members take office at the June 2 council meeting.

For further information, call the town clerk at 229-4700.

For information about polling place ID requirements, contact the Pima County Division of Elections at 740-4260, or on the Web at www.pima.gov/elections

For information about voter registration or to request an early ballot or a vote-by-mail ballot, contact the Pima County Recorder's Office at 740-4330 or on the Web at www.recorder.pima.gov.


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